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Goodbye Night Watermen – Salt Lake City’s Bonneville Golf Course Irrigation System Installation Has Begun

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Categories: GolfGolf CoursesMiscellaneous

The most popular golf course in Salt Lake, perhaps even the whole state of Utah, is Bonneville Golf Course and for good reason.  This is one of my “home” courses (yes I have several) and I really have fallen in love with the layout.  The greens are always well maintenanced, and challenging.  There is a very good amount of elevation change at “Bonney.”  And one of the most unique oddities about the course is the fact that it has no fairway bunkers.  None.  Can you think of any course which has no fairway bunkers?

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Left of hole #2, irrigation materials staged…

Since its beginning, Bonneville has been watered by hand.  “Night watermen” pick up big hoses and patrol the course starting at about sunset, and work until sunrise to keep the course green and playable. I’ve befriended several of the night watermen, one who is no longer with us.  A plaque sits at the base of the tree behind the par-3 17th green, dedicated to my friend Jeff.  Night watermen are a unique breed; one which is going to be out of a job very soon.  Construction on the long awaited irrigation system has begun.

Bonneville Golf Course Aerial Photo by Tony Korologos

Bonneville Golf Course Aerial Photo by Tony Korologos

Last year I had a fantasy idea about tagging along with the night watermen and a video camera at Bonneville to do a sort of behind-the-scenes interview/story.  I dropped the ball, favoring my beauty sleep.  Maybe I’ll still have the chance if their services are needed before the irrigation system is completed.

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